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Cranach Gown (NP E605)

Cranach Gown (NP E605)


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Our „Cranach gown“ is based on pictures by German artist Lucas Cranach (1472-1555), who was appointed court painter to the Electors of Saxony in 1505. He created numerous famous portraits, thus creating an insight into early 16th century fashion. The Cranach dress originates from Germany and no extant examples survived, which is why this pattern does not claim authenticity, but is based on pictorial evidence! Our pattern helps you to create a gown in the style of the famous Cranach portraits.

View A is based on paintings like the portrait of Duchess Catherine of Mecklenburg (1514), „Judith with the head of Holofernes and two female companions “ (1525) or „Portrait of a young woman“ (1530). It features a front closure with stomacher, attached on one side, decorative facings/collars, slashed sleeves and a deep u-back.

View B is inspired by dresses as seen in “Portrait of Christiane of Eulenau” (1534) and „Judith with the head of Holofernes“ (1530). The cut is similar to view A and has a standup collar.

All sizes included: (bust 84-116 cm = 33-46″)


Detail: The Fountain of Youth

Judith with the head of Holofernes c. 1530

Prinzessinnen Sybilla, Emilia und Sidonie von Sachsen (1534)

Princesses Sybilla, Emilia and Sidonie of Saxonia (1534)

David und Bathseba ca. 1534

David and Bathseba c. 1534

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